Herbal remedies don't help Tucker in the least, neither does the Thunder Shirt, though it did help the first year he started reacting.
Karen, what is the name of this drug your vet mentioned? I have gotten Sileo for Tucker, and it does help significantly. It is strong, a type of anesthetic, which I hate to use--but it is that or wait for him to have a heart attack or stroke during thunderstorms or fireworks.
It is terrifying to see him shake and pant so very hard. This Sileo kind of sedates him and he dozes.
We never got to the name of it... She just mentioned that it was new. She sees Pixel in training, and has seen that, at times, particularly in the past, she can get frightened and shut-down by sudden, loud noises. But in her case, they are more environmental, and gentle exposure plus "putting a cookie on it" seem to be getting her more and more able to cope with surprises. She will still startle, but goes right back to work now. Because her problem is not something predictable like thunderstorms or fireworks, we decided it wouldn't even be worth trying with her.
...AND she's doing so much better that last week, while there is a trick class going on in the other room, someone had something like the "Staples button" that made a loud, mechanical "BOING!!!" noise every time one of the dogs stepped on it. There was a time that that would have been the end of class. She started when she heard the noise, turned RIGHT back to Dave and went right back to work with her tail wagging.
Kodi is my "Fire Works" dog (though fortunately, he doesn't mind thunder at all) and I think it's more common with dogs who are several years old. He has solved his own problem. The first year he had trouble, we weren't expecting it, and he was miserable the night of 4th of July. The next year, I did give him some of that herbal stuff, though I'm not sure how much it helped. Then I took him up in our room with the door and windows shut, AC and TV on, and we spent the evening together in bed. He liked that. Now, at the first sign of fireworks, he goes up and climbs down under the covers to the VERY foot of the bed. I get in with him, and he shows every sign of being comfortable and relaxed in his cosy nest.